That’s right, you are about to read a blog about School Picture Day. As I was getting ready for work this morning I sat down at the kitchen island to fill out a medical form for minor hockey. Upon the completion of the form I noticed Brayden’s school planner. The planner had a note about progress reports coming home and picture retake day. I went over the progress report with Brayden and he is doing great in school so far. I then started to question why they even bother with picture retake day… Do people even purchase school photos anymore?
I wasn’t a parent during what I believe was the height of school pictures I was just a student. I remember the awkward posing – slightly sideways, hands folded in your lap with your head turned to look directly into the camera.
Who could forget the classic laser or library bookshelf backdrop?
We would get all dolled up, put on our fanciest clothes and hope that we could keep our eyes open when the flash of the camera went off. We then waited weeks until the pictures showed up at school so we could see how they turned out. Of course we would then joke on our friends and selves about how goofy we looked or if our eyes were shut. I seem to recall a lot of the girls in class were not happy with their pictures… If we were lucky you could exchange a few of the small wallet sized photos with your friends. We would then pack them safely into a backpack and take them home to our parents.
Once the pictures were delivered t our parents they would claim the biggest one, frame it up or put it in front of the one already in a frame and hang it up on the wall with our siblings. My childhood home was not the only living room that contained the Family picture with a collection of the children’s school pictures on the wall. Year by year the school pictures would get updated. Out with the old, in with the new. The cycle never ended.
Now, with the popularity of Social Media and the mass usage of sites like Facebook… Is there even a point of school picture day? Do parents still fork out tons of cash for these awkwardly posed pictures of their kids?
Or, are they satisfying their needs for pictures by snapping them with the phones daily and plastering them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever other platform they may be using. I’m not saying this is wrong, I’m just questioning what is happening out there.
For me personally, we have a couple of cool self taken shots of our kids hanging on various walls throughout the house but there is no posed school pictures. Come to think of it, we don’t even have a family picture on the wall… We took family pictures a couple times and by a couple I literally mean 2 times and they never made it to the wall.
So, Are you paying for school pictures or is it a thing of the past?
Let me know your thoughts